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Dictionary Definition

straight adj
1 successive (without a break); "sick for five straight days" [syn: consecutive]
2 having no deviations; "straight lines"; "straight roads across the desert"; "straight teeth"; "straight shoulders" [ant: crooked]
3 (of hair) having no waves or curls; "her naturally straight hair hung long and silky" [ant: curly]
4 erect in posture; "behind him sat old man Arthur; he was straight with something angry in his attitude"; "stood defiantly with unbowed back" [syn: unbent, unbowed, upright]
5 right; in keeping with the facts; "set the record straight"; "made sure the facts were straight in the report"
6 honest and morally upright; "I just want a straight answer to the question"; "straight dealing" [ant: crooked]
7 no longer coiled [syn: uncoiled] [ant: coiled]
8 without curves [ant: curved]
9 neatly arranged; not disorderly; "the room is straight now"
10 characterized by honesty and fairness; "a square deal"; "wanted to do the square thing" [syn: square]
11 not homosexual
12 accurately fitted; level; "the window frame isn't quite true" [syn: true]
13 without water; "took his whiskey neat" [syn: neat, full-strength]
14 reliable in matters of fact; "he was always straight with me"
15 following a correct or logical method; "straight reasoning"
16 rigidly conventional or old-fashioned [syn: square]


1 a heterosexual person; someone having a sexual orientation to persons of the opposite sex [syn: heterosexual, heterosexual person, straight person]
2 a poker hand with 5 consecutive cards (regardless of suit)
3 a straight segment of a roadway or racecourse [syn: straightaway] adv
1 without deviation; "the path leads directly to the lake"; "went direct to the office" [syn: directly, direct]
2 in a forthright manner; candidly or frankly; "he didn't answer directly"; "told me straight out"; "came out flat for less work and more pay" [syn: directly, flat] [ant: indirectly]
3 in a straight line; in a direct course; "the road runs straight"

User Contributed Dictionary



streght (Anglo Saxon streht), the past participle of Middle English strechen (Anglo-Saxon streccan), to stretch.



Alternative spellings


  1. Not crooked or bent; having a constant direction throughout its length.
    a straight line.
  2. Strictly along political lines.
    He always votes a straight ticket.
  3. Direct, truthful, frank.
    a straight answer.
  4. As it should be.
    Everything is straight now.
  5. Undiluted.
    straight whiskey.
  6. Having all cylinders in a single row. (referring to an internal combustion engine)
    a straight six.
  7. slang: conventional.
  8. slang: heterosexual.
  9. slang: boring, unappealing, bad or of low quality.
  10. On, or near a line running between the two wickets.

Usage notes

  • Straight is sometimes humorously used as meaning low quality by homosexuals and bisexuals, rather than gay.


Not crooked or bent
  • Czech: přímý
  • Dutch: recht, rechte
  • Finnish: suora
  • French: droit, droite
  • German: gerade
  • Greek: ίσιος (ísios), ευθύς (efthýs)
  • Hungarian: egyenes
  • Icelandic: beinn
  • Irish: díreach
  • Japanese: 真直ぐな
  • Kurdish:
  • Polish: prosty
  • Portuguese: reto
  • Russian: прямой
  • Spanish: recto
  • Swedish: rak
Strictly along political lines
Direct, truthful, frank
  • Dutch: zoals het hoort
  • Finnish: suora, rehellinen, vilpitön
  • French: comme il faut
  • German: aufrecht, aufrichtig
  • Hungarian: egyenes, őszinte
  • Irish: díreach
  • Japanese: 実直な
  • Polish: prosty
  • Portuguese: direto, honesto
  • Russian: прямой
  • Swedish: rak
As it should be
  • Finnish: kunto, järjestys
  • Portuguese: direito
  • Russian: правильный, нормальный
Having all cylinders in a single row
  • Finnish: suora
  • Japanese: 直列の
  • Polish: prosty
  • Swedish: rak
  • Finnish: hetero, heteroseksuaali
  • French: hetero
  • German: hetero
  • Hungarian: heteró
  • Irish: díreach
  • Italian: eterosessuale
  • Japanese: ノンケの
boring, unappealing, bad or of low quality
On, or near a line running between the two wickets


in a forward direction


  1. A part of a racecourse, running track or other road etc that is not curved.
  2. In poker, five cards in sequence.


A part of a racecourse or running track that is not curved
In poker, five cards in sequence
  • Finnish: suora
  • French: quinte
  • Japanese: ストレート
  • Russian: стрейт (strejt) , стрит (strit)
  • Swedish: stege

See also

Extensive Definition

Straight is a term which may commonly refer to:
In slang usage, the term also refers to:

See also

straight in German: Straight
straight in Japanese: ストレート
straight in Contenese: 直

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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